For Sylvia looking after her mum after she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was the start of a “mentally and physically draining” journey – but one that has proved to be the catalyst for a life-changing confidence boost.
Sylvia first started caring for her mum in 2014 and helped her overcome the challenges of leaving her seaside home in Great Yarmouth to be closer to her family.
“It was a difficult transition for her. None of us knew what the future held for her, or us as a family, after her diagnosis” she said.
Sylvia, who has two children, wasn’t working at the time so became her mum’s main carer, giving her the attention and care she needed.
“Initially, I took on board the physical care and that put a huge strain on my family at home. At the time, my two were aged 10 and 18 and they needed their mum. But I was pulled elsewhere, helping my mum.
“I was doing the school run and then going straight round to mum’s to do all her personal care. I was sorting her medication, her shopping and getting her physically out of the house.
“The work load was completely consuming and it definitely took its toll. I wasn’t eating regularly and was constantly exhausted, trying to juggle the right balance between looking after my own family and doing the right thing for my mum.